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Photorealistic Latch-Hooked Rug 


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Photorealistic Latch-Hooked 


Written By: Andrew 


In Hans Holbein's famously inexplicable painting, "The Ambassadors," a large anamorphic 
skull appears to lie across the floor at the feet of two dandified renaissance gentlemen. The 
skull appears in correct perspective only when the painting is seen from an acute angle 
looking diagonally down from the right-hand side of the painting (or diagonally up from the 
lower left-hand corner). I decided to make a latch-hooked anamorphic skull rug in order to 
display the skull image from the painting on the floor in real life, and to see if the image 
would change in and out of correct perspective as the viewer walks past it (it does!). You 
can follow the same process I used in this project to turn the image of your choice into a 
photorealistic latch-hooked rug. 

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Step 1 — Photorealistic Latch-Hooked Rug 

• Choose a digital image that you want to make into a latch hooked rug, then pixelate the 
image to the resolution that you want your rug to be. 

• If you are using Photoshop, go to Filter and scroll down to Pixelate and then select 
Mosaic. The more pixels in the image, the lager the rug will be. 

Step 2 

• If you are using Photoshop, go to 
Image and scroll down to 
Adjustments and select 
Posterize. Manipulate your image 
until you find the combination of 
colors that you like. If you already 
have colors that you wish to use in 
your rug, then you can manipulate 
the image by changing the contrast 
and color saturation to try and 
match your image to the colors you 
have. This image will be the 
pattern that you use to make your 

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Step 3 

• Count the number of pixels along the length and width of your image. Make sure that your 
latch-hook canvas has more rows across its length and width than the number of pixels 
along the length and width of your image. 

• Print out your pattern and look for yarns that match the colors in your pattern. You can get 
rug yarn, but just about any heavier yarn will work (I used a few different kinds of yarn in 
my project and they all worked fine). 

• Cut your yarn into 3-5 inch pieces. 

Step 4 

• Wrap a piece of yarn around your 
latch-hook tool. 

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• Weave the tool under one of the rows on the rug canvas and pull the yarn over the row into 
the hook. 

Step 6 

• As you start to pull the latch hook 
tool back out of the canvas the 
latch will close over the yarn and 
keep the hook from catching. Keep 
light tension on the two ends of the 
yarn until it is fully pulled through 
the canvas. You may need to give 
the yarn a little tug to tighten up the 
knot and keep it from coming out. 

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Step 7 

• Follow the pattern and hook each 
color of yarn to the canvas 
according to its corresponding 
color in the pattern. It helps to go 
row by row, crossing each row out 
on the pattern as you finish it. 

Step 8 

• When you have your pattern all 
latch-hooked onto your canvas, 
you can cut the rest of the canvas 
off around your latch-hooking, 
leaving about a 2-inch margin. The 
excess canvas can be folded under 
the rug and stitched down or 
secured by iron-on fabric tape. 

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Step 9 

• Put your rug on the floor or the wall 
or wherever you want and enjoy! 

This document was last generated on 2012-11-03 12:19:17 AM. 

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